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LSU coaching legend remembered through his loved ones

3 years 1 month 4 days ago April 21, 2014 Apr 21, 2014 Monday, April 21 2014 April 21, 2014 5:35 AM in LSU Sports
Source: WBRZ Sports 2
By: Brian Holland

BATON ROUGE - When Dale Ketelson stepped foot in Louisiana, there was no wrestling program at LSU...so he helped build one.

The former Iowa State wrestler and All-American was the first Tiger wrestling coach, and he's remembered through his loved ones and former athletes even after his death last month.

"Right now we're starting a program and if you come there you'll set records there that will never be broken," said Ketelson to one of his first recruits Phil Bode."

The high schooler remembers how he responded to the fiery coach's pitch.

"I piped up and said 'that's not true coach, every record gets broken!'

"He said 'no, you're wrong, not the man who does it the first time.'"

Though there is no wrestling program at LSU today, Coach K's legacy lives on with the coaches across the state impacted by Ketelsen's lessons.

"His legacy is throughout the entire sport of wrestling," said Bode. "I don't think there's a coach in the state of Louisiana that doesn't know coach Ketelsen."

Sports 2's Chris Price has more on the Tiger legend.

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